Russell Bellone

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RUSSELL J. BELLONE AURORA, Colo. - Russell J. Bellone of Aurora died peacefully Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Colorado, with his wife, Judy, stepdaughter, Sarah, son-in-law, Brian, grandchildren, Madelyn and Isaac, and sister-in-law, Ellen by his side. He served in the Army during World War II where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service. He graduated from IIT in Chicago, and worked as a mechanical engineer at Barber Colman in Rockford until he retired in 1995. He and Judy moved to Colorado in 2009 to be near family and grandchildren. He loved traveling to the mountains to enjoy the scenery. Russ was an avid target shooter and also loved to vacation in northern Wisconsin where he had built a cottage on a beautiful lake. Survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Judy; stepdaughter, Sarah (Brian) Smith, and grandchildren, Madelyn and Isaac of Denver; stepson, Jason Gelling of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughter, Lisa (Craig) Maloney and granddaughter, Bethany of Texas; son, Mark (Sue) Bellone and grandchildren, Jessica, Marcus and Aurora of Machesney Park, Ill., his favorite sister, Rose Matranga; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, Giuseppi and Pasqualina; brothers, George, Frank, John, Sam and Chris; and sisters, Anna and Vita. He is remembered with love by his extended family and many friends. Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Parker Adventist Hospital and Denver Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Russ. Also, a very special thank you to Lary Field in Caledonia, Ill., for his friendship with Russ. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Rockford, Ill. Inurnment in Calvary Cemetery, Winnebago, Ill., will follow Mass. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday, at Holy Family Church. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Sunset Funeral Home, Machesney Park, and from 9 a.m. Friday to time of Mass. A memorial fund has been setup in Russ' name. If you would like to make a donation to the Russell J. Bellone Memorial Fund, you can visit [http://www.gofundme.com/russellbellone]. Proceeds will go to the family to help with medical and funeral expenses, and a donation will be made to the in Russ' name.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 15 to May 16, 2012
Russell Bellone
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